Ecuador

Neighbouring Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is a relatively small country that nevertheless offers an enticing array of scenic landscapes, diverse wildlife species and interesting cities. Dense Amazon rainforest, towering Andean mountain peaks, palm-fringed Pacific Coast beaches and fascinating historical sites are all part and parcel of Ecuador’s prolific charms. The former Inca town of Cuenca is the nation’s third-largest city and a Unesco World Heritage Site. This alluring city, with its cobbled streets, beautiful architecture and photogenic plazas, boasts a huge variety of museums and art galleries. The vibrant capital city of Quito is also worth a visit. Arguably the most dazzling jewel in Ecuador’s crown is the Galápagos archipelago in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres west of the mainland. Their magnificent, pristine landscapes and prolific wildlife, which inspired Charles Darwin, have made this cluster of islands a world-famous travel destination.

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Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Ecuador are very similar to the electrical outlets found in the United States and Canada, and if your appliance has a North…

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Banking

Currency – US Dollar (USD; symbol US$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of US$100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations…

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Cuisine

It is advisable to drink only bottled or sterilised water in Ecuador. Avoid unpasteurised dairy products. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables…

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Climate

Ecuador’s geography presents a variety of distinct microclimates, which are largely determined by elevation. They are divided into 4 main zones:…

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Transport

Ecuador is a small country and internal flight times are usually less than one hour, making air travel a quick and easy way to get around. Most flights…

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Dress

Lightweight natural fabrics; rainwear in subtropical areas. Warmer clothes are needed in upland areas. Make sure that you have good-quality, well-broken…

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Health

Please consult your health-care provider 4-6 weeks prior to travel to ensure you are receiving all required vaccinations, and that the medication has enough…

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Safety

Ecuador is a generally safe country but crime remains a widespread problem. – Pick-pocketing, robbery, and hotel room theft are the most common crimes.

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Visa

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS – Make copies of all your important documents such as passports, driver’s licenses, credit cards, etc. Keep…

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General

Language: – Spanish is the official language in Ecuador but English is widely spoken in tourist areas including hotels,…

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Regions

Quito

Everything about Quito – from its setting along the slopes of Pichincha volcano to its having the best preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America…

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